Meeting Archive:
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities - the OASIS Model

Meeting Description:


The Ministry of Seniors Affairs has partnered with the University of Waterloo, Queens University, Huntington/Laurentian University, the Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health (OICAH) and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN) to administer the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program. This program is designed to help communities increase awareness of age-friendly planning principles, share best practices, and start, continue, evaluate and improve on their AFC action plans. 


Oasis is a grass-roots developed program for seniors operating out of a privately owned and operated apartment building in central Kingston. Since its inception in 2008, Oasis has rested on the philosophy that the seniors who choose to become members of Oasis have an integral role to play in determining their own programming. Oasis focuses on the social determinants of health common to all seniors, including social inclusion, physical activity, good nutrition and enhanced health and social service navigation. Recently, Oasis has gained province-wide recognition as a successful alternative housing model for older adults who often cannot afford private residential care.

In this webinar, the presenter will:

  • Review the Oasis structure and core partnerships necessary to keep it true to its mandate
  • Describe upcoming research projects, conducted in partnership with faculty of the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy and focused on the expansion and evaluation of Oasis.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event. 

Click here to register for Part 1 of this webinar series, which will focus on alternative housing models for older adults.

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Date: Thu, Jun 28, 2018
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program
 Presenter Information
Helen C. Cooper, President, Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc. and Distinguished Fellow, School of Public Policy, Queen’s University
Speaker Photo

Helen is a former mayor of Kingston, Ontario, former Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board, and a recently retired Ontario public servant, managing program delivery for adults with developmental disabilities.